IZE Call for Proposals

IZE Call for Proposals


25th Biennial Conference of the International Zoo Educators Association

Driving Conservation Behavior Change


IZE Mission

Engaging our members worldwide to achieve biodiversity conservation by encouraging sustainable behaviors in people that visit zoos and aquariums.



Over the last 60 years, we have seen multiple, major environmental movements change the landscape of species conservation. In the US, the modern environmental movement was ignited by Rachel Carson and her book, Silent Spring. It led to the banning of the pesticide DDT, which had pushed species such as the peregrine falcon, bald eagle, and brown pelican close to the brink of extinction.


Fast forward to today, and the survival of wildlife is still being challenged. Habitat destruction, wildlife trafficking, and climate change are among the major challenges on an ever-increasing list of issues that threaten to drive over a million species to extinction. The IUCN lists over 200 species and subspecies of mammals as critically endangered. Two mammals have gone extinct in the last decade, and there are only two northern white rhinos left on the planet.


Another author, Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert, recently sounded the alarm through her book, The Sixth Extinction. Scientists are now monitoring this mass extinction event, which is predicted to be the most devastating since the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. 


We can continue in the footsteps of Rachel Carson, and those who have followed her, to help stem the tide of extinction. The theme of this year’s IZE conference, “Driving Conservation Behavior Change” will help us to continue to develop a road map to guide us in moving our members, guests, and supporters to take action to save wildlife. Our colleagues will share their stories about the strides that they have made, and we will work together to create a joint vision for our future initiatives.


Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg inspired over four million to strike for climate change in September 2019. Imagine what we can do together by engaging our 700 million yearly visitors to drive true environmental change.



Debra Erickson


International Zoo Educators Association

All submissions must be made in English. Only IZE Members can submit a proposal

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Marshall at  marshall@sdsu.edu. 

Proposal Timeline


Final Call for Proposals Released

7 July, 2020

Deadline for Submitting a Proposal

15 August, 2020

Presenters Notified

15 September, 2020

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